This is where I live. It’s my happy place, my second home. The Pererenan Beach is a popular surfer’s spot, too.
Many of my friends live in the small coastal village of Canggu. The beaches are great for surfing, the nature in the surrounding area is incredible and there are a great many spots to eat, drink and listen to music nearby.
A wonderful café where you can listen to music, have a nice cup of coffee and work if you need to (their internet connection is really good). Most of the people working here lead a similar lifestyle as I do, so it’s nice to get in touch, inspire each other or just work quietly.
I could spend hours here. It’s a shop, a café and a gallery. There’s great breakfast to be had at the Bungalow Living Café!
I love this beach for its variety: kick-ass surf spots, small Warungs, cute little stalls and great spots on which to have a barbecue, right by the ocean.
The treatments at this spa are a real delight for body and soul.
A beautiful, comfortable and very welcoming hostel. Some of my friends work here, so I pass by from time to time for a chat and a coffee. I always have a good time here!
The best place to watch incredible sunsets from, with sandy toes and salty hair after a surf session.
This is where you’re served typical Balinese dishes. Many locals like to come here as well, which is always a good sign.
I love their food, especially the Tom Kha Gai soup. You sit right by the beach, on big wooden tables, with an amazing view of the ocean. A favourite dinner spot of mine!
Hosts live music every Sunday in their beautiful garden area.
My favourite day to come here is Tuesday, because that’s always ‘open stage’ night, where musicians from all over the world come together and perform all night long.
My favourite dish here is the ‘Ayam Lalapan’, grilled chicken with rice and home-made salsa sauce, fresh cucumber and cabbage.
My thoughts about Bali
What I love about Bali is the incredible nature, the beautiful look of the rice paddies and palm trees everywhere. I love that I can have a fresh coconut every day while sitting on the beach and watching the waves. Most of all, I love the considerate social interaction of the locals. This attitude can be found in many aspects of daily life: the smiling faces of the Balinese, the calm and considerate movement in traffic and the gentle way of dealing with each other in a crowd of people. A perfect example would be the situation at a crowded concert. In Germany, very quickly you will feel somebody’s elbow in the small of your back, a foot on your toe or somebody bumping into you. On Bali, crowds of people feel like the people are actually dancing with each other. The locals move like cats, without any pushing or shoving. Nobody is afraid of missing out, because it is a WE instead of an I behaviour. Most of the Balinese people perceive the human being in front of them much more intensely, in contrast to how Germans act with each other.
Edward Sharpe and the Band of Horses.
Treat yourself to a sumptuous spa session. Afterwards, head to the beach, enjoy a Mie Goreng dish at a small Warung in the sand while watching the colourful flying paper dragons of the kids and the sunset.
Take a vacation into My life
Painting and drawing has always been a big part of my life. After I graduated from college, where I had studied Communication & Design, I went backpacking for one year, travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Always by my side, no matter if I stayed in a hammock or a camper, was my sketch book. Ten years later, I have to say one thing has never changed since then: I still have a hard time staying in one place for any longer period of time, as I’m so keen on exploring the world. That’s the reason why I’ve split my life down the middle: one half of the year is spent living on Bali, the other half I live in Munich (more specifically Wessling), in a shared house with nine other people.
In 2008 I founded the company Woodybunch Clothing GmbH and opened the Woodybunch Gypsy Store in Munich. The store sells brands that I discover on my travels and which represent the wonderful and free life of the gypsy. Spell & the Gypsy Collective or FallenBROKENstreet from Byron Bay in Australia are some of these brands, for example.
Our own brand Woodybunch is produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces per colour and under fair and very familial conditions on Bali. My time on the island is the phase of designing, production and photo shooting. After six months I always go back to Munich and take care of marketing and sales.
On Bali, the scooter is my vehicle of choice when I’m on the road all day for work. The workday here is composed of buying the best fabrics from local suppliers, inspecting the printing and cutting (which is done in small factories), and dealing with packing and shipment. When I go back to Germany, I take the brand new Woodybench collection with me, which has come into being through a detail-oriented and caring work process over the last months. My goal is to deliver the unique Balinese attitude towards life to Germany.
The morning. I love to get up early and to start a new, colourful day with a warm, aromatic cup of coffee in my hands.
The colours and the variety of nature: the air, the sounds, the structures and the slowness of growth. Everything takes its time, and nature is the best role model to understand that.
Nico is a creative doer who knows her dreams and her most reliable compass is her heart. She always has very fine sensors for the mood in a room.
Travelling, creativity, trust, fighting spirit, Woodybunch.
My favourite book is the part-fictional, part-autobiographical book ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman.
‘Into the wild’ by Sean Penn.
Next to the man who loves and lives this life with me, split between Bali and Germany.
Bali, because of its sensitive inhabitants.
New Zealand, because of its breathtaking nature.
Australia, because of its easy way of living.
Germany, because of my parents living here and the great healthcare system.
Trust life and the way of the world. Everything happens for a reason and leads you to something even more beautiful.
My company Woodybunch is a huge part of my life and my personality. All of my heart and my awareness of life is told in every detail of my collections. Lots of my friends have been part of this project for years now and at this point I want to thank them with all my heart for their support, their strength, their friendship and their love for me and the company. As soon as the brand Woodybunch has reached a certain dimension, I will make one of my dreams come true in Munich: a huge celebration in a circus tent on an open meadow. The stage, where live bands will perform all night long, and the whole venue will be surrounded by pillows and blankets, bubbles in the air, swings on the side, paper lanterns in the trees, Balinese flags everywhere, floral wreaths, candles, torches and fresh coffee in the morning.
food for the soul, and it’s what makes you happiest. It’s an adventure you can go on all your life. The world is full of impressions you should inhale as much of and for as long as possible.
motley and wonderful. Everybody is able to forge his own destiny and to shape it whichever way feels best. Picture it like a tower of colourful bricks which you can arrange and build up, new and different, every time you want to. If one brick does not make you happy anymore, replace it or simply get rid of it.
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